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Using VPN to connect to Remote Locations

ShopClock can be used in remote locations by connecting the locations to a common database via a VPN connection. 

How to Connect Remote ShopClock Clients to the Network Server

Use a VPN Connection to connect ShopClock to Remote Locations

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection allows you to securely connect one computer to another through the internet.

There are several advantages to this.

  • Only a single network subscription (large enough to cover the total number of employees needs to be purchased).
  • Time cards for all locations can be processed at the same time.
  • The administrator has instant access to all the time time cards at all the locations.
  • ShopClock can be configured (by using departments) to allow only those employees belonging to particular department access to the time clock. This way employees at each location only see the employees working at that location.

Third party companies have made VPN inexpensive and easy to setup and manage. LogMeIn.com has a VPN service which is easy to setup, and can be rented for as little as twenty dollars a year.

  • LogMeIn.com

The ShopClock network server is installed at one of the locations, call it the head office. Computers in the remote locations simply access the ShopClock's network server via the VPN connections to the home office.